You can make better brownies from a mix by adding a few ingredients. In fact, they’ll taste like you made them from scratch.
Box brownies deliver a treat with fudgy brownie flavor and texture. Really, who cares if you make box mix brownies, as long as they have the delicious chocolate flavor the whole family (and all your friends) enjoy?
It’s so easy to take your brownie baking to a whole new level of deliciousness you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner!
You can use any size of brownie mix, from the small snack size to the larger family size. Keep in mind that the extra ingredients will add volume to the brownie batter.
So make sure you have a big enough baking pan and allow for a minute longer baking time. The brownies boxes typically have the recommended size pan to use somewhere near the directions.
How to Make Brownies from a Mix Taste Homemade
It’s up to you whether or not to tell others how easy this is.
I often start out thinking I’ll keep it a secret, but I almost always tell on myself.
The ingredients used are some of my favorites. You can actually add whatever you want.
First, try this recipe. And next time, swap out some of the ingredients for things you think might be good.
I’ve also made brownies from a mix with extra cocoa powder and a little bit of mint.
As long as you use high-quality ingredients, your brownies will turn out delicious!
Ingredients for Better Brownies from a Mix
Start with a box of brownie mix and all of the ingredients listed in the instructions. Most of them call for vegetable oil, eggs, and sometimes water.
After you do whatever the recipe calls for, you can start working your magic.
If you want to make them the way I typically do, you’ll also need chocolate chips (dark chocolate or milk chocolate chips), chopped nuts, vanilla extract, and frosting.
Those added ingredients give these brownies that next level, made-from-scratch, homemade flavor.
The brownie mix I used already had some chocolate chips, but I still added more. I also used a gluten-free mix.
You can make your own frosting.
But since you’re altering the original recipe from the mix, ready-made frosting will be just fine.
Or you can add a splash of vanilla and a few mini chocolate chips to the frosting.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
There are so many different types of ingredients you can add–even some unlikely ones.
Other delicious add-ons are coconut, Rice Krispies, marshmallows, butterscotch chips, sprinkles, or mini peanut butter cups.
I’ve learned that the addition of coffee gives brownies a richer flavor, so I tried it. Strong brewed coffee was good, but a tablespoon of instant coffee was even better.
Or you can use a tablespoon of espresso powder. The rich flavor this adds will disguise the fact that this is such an easy dessert to make.
You can even add dried fruit if you want more texture. Raisins and dried pineapple will add quite a bit of depth to the texture and flavor.
If you look through your pantry, you’ll probably find some extra ingredients that will work to improve your brownies even more.
Don’t forget to check out the spices, like cinnamon and ginger. In fact, I think ginger will give it quite a unique and exotic flavor.
How to Make Better Brownies from a Mix – Box Brownie Recipe
In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients listed on the brownie mix package.
I typically use the exact measurements of everything on the box recipe for brownies as the company intended.
Stir until well mixed. When you mix brownies, the batter will be extremely thick, unlike cake batter.
Next, add the chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and vanilla extract. Fold these ingredients into the brownie batter.
After that, pour the mixture into a greased baking pan the size that is called for on the package.
Or if you’re the adventurous type, you might want to go a tad smaller with the pan.
However, if you do this, add an extra 5 minutes to the baking time because the batter will be thicker.
Bake until the brownies are done. If you like gooey brownies, cut the time short by 3-5 minutes.
Place them on a baking rack or trivet on the counter and allow them to completely cool.
Using either ready-made frosting or some you whipped up from scratch, frost the top of the brownies.
You can also cover the brownies in a whipped topping, either while their still in the pan or after you cut them.
No one will believe these weren’t made from scratch because brownies in a box have never been so good!
Cut the brownies into squares or rectangles and serve!
These brownies are absolutely delicious! After all, you enhanced them with some of the most delicious ingredients.
Brownies will always be one of my favorite desserts. And even more so when I add other ingredients for flavor and texture.
More Delicious Recipes
Dessert is a special treat around our house, so I like to experiment with textures and flavors. I often start out with an established recipe and tweak it to make it my own.
If you like brownies, then you’ll probably also enjoy these peanut butter Cocoa Krispie treats. The kids will love them, especially if you let them help you make them!
Another delicious treat I enjoy is this chocolate walnut pie. It’s perfect for dessert or when you need something to go with an afternoon coffee.
You might also like my friend Julie’s Buckeye brownies. That girl knows how to bake! Her desserts are amazing!
In case you haven’t noticed, I love both chocolate and nuts! Together, they’re absolutely heavenly.
That’s why I love this yummy rocky road fudge. You’ll enjoy making it because the reward is so delicious for how easy it is to make.
We also enjoy these delicious 2-ingredient lemon cake bars. They have a chewier texture than most cake, which is why I call them bars.
- Box of your favorite brownie mix with all of the ingredients listed on the package
- 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of chopped nuts
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 container of frosting (chocolate, cream cheese, or vanilla)
- Preheat your oven to the recommended temperature on the brownie mix instructions and spray the bottom of a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Check the instructions on the mix for the size of pan you'll need.
- Prepare the brownie mix according to the instructions on the package.
- Add the vanilla, chocolate chips, and chopped nuts to the batter. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake according to the directions on the brownie mix box.
- Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature before frosting them.
- Cut the brownies into squares or rectangles and serve!
If you want extra moist and chewy brownies, cut the cooking time by 3-5 minutes.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Trudeau Melamine Mixing Bowls, Set of 3
StarPack Premium Silicone Spatula Set (1 Small, 1 Large) - High Heat Resistant to 600°F, Hygienic One Piece Design, Non Stick Rubber Cooking Utensil Set (Cherry Red)
Wilton Recipe Right Non-Stick 9 x 13-Inch Oblong Cake Pan, Set of 2
Pyrex Basics Clear Oblong Glass Baking Dishes - 2 Piece Value-plus Pack Set - 1 Each: 2 Quart, 3 Quart
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 220Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 23mgSodium 48mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 3g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.